20 New Roboteers Head to Stimson

Roboteers are off to Stimson Middle School! Back row adults only left to right: Michelle Koslow, Jacqueline Harris, Dr. Jared Bloom, Joseph Poller, and Teq’s David Dickman and Donna Gobin.
Roboteers are off to Stimson Middle School! Back row adults only left to right: Michelle Koslow, Jacqueline Harris, Dr. Jared Bloom, Joseph Poller, and Teq’s David Dickman and Donna Gobin.
Students enjoyed each of the presentations and were able to interact with the NOA robot during the presentation.
Students enjoyed each of the presentations and were able to interact with the NOA robot during the presentation.
Teq’s Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist Donna Gobin gets first-hand feedback from Silas Wood students about their experiences on the last day of Roboteer Camp.
Teq’s Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist Donna Gobin gets first-hand feedback from Silas Wood students about their experiences on the last day of Roboteer Camp.
Heads or Tails... the NAO robot asks Max Fisher.
Heads or Tails... the NAO robot asks Max Fisher.
Jaida Morgan checks the paths of her script with a live robot, as team members collaborate.
Jaida Morgan checks the paths of her script with a live robot, as team members collaborate.
Team members collaborate on ideas that ultimately will be used to program their robot.
Team members collaborate on ideas that ultimately will be used to program their robot.
 Teq Instructional Technologist David Dickman uses the SmartBoard to demonstrate the visual capabilities of the NAO robot.
Teq Instructional Technologist David Dickman uses the SmartBoard to demonstrate the visual capabilities of the NAO robot.
This student is demonstrating verbal recognition that he programmed on day one of camp. His teams NAO robot recited a poem, and the student challenged NAO if he thought it was a good poem.
This student is demonstrating verbal recognition that he programmed on day one of camp. His teams NAO robot recited a poem, and the student challenged NAO if he thought it was a good poem.
This student demonstrates his ‘python’ programming skills.
This student demonstrates his ‘python’ programming skills.
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As of last Friday, South Huntington officially has 20 new Roboteers.

Congratulations: Jimmy Alvarez, Michael Baranowski, Arpan Bhomia, Michael Bishop, Andrew Borges, Jack Cox, Keith Dean, Sebastian Estevez, Andrew Ferreri, Max Fisher, David Grajales, Andrew Harrigan, Ethan Heather, Gianni Inglese, Jonathan Macchiaroli, Jaida Morgan, Michael Morra, Laim Rea, Zack Slansky, and Daniel Sweezey.

These students, along with the help of Silas Wood teachers Michelle Koslow and Joseph Poller and a group of dedicated educational professionals from Teq, completed the first ever Roboteer Camp in South Huntington, and quite possibly all of Long Island.

The four teams of students each presented their programmed robot, running from a script they wrote from scratch for all the enjoy. And enjoy they did as the creative presentations required interaction from other teams and was met with Oohh's & Aahh's and many Smartphone’s recording all the action.

Next fall, sixth-graders will have a lot to look forward to, and our 20 new Roboteers will take their fantastic experience to Stimson Middle School as the seeds of South Huntington's STEM program continue to flourish.


Original Article:

Do you have what it takes to be a Roboteer? Do you welcome a challenge and enjoy collaborating with friends to defeat difficult problems using your intelligence? This week, 20 Silas Wood sixth graders are working in 4 small groups, each with their own NAO Robot to learn what it takes to be an engineer, a choreographer, and a computer programmer. Together the students are enjoying the interaction of designing and exploring the endless possibilities with their NAO Robot.

As part of Silas Wood’s designation as Long Island’s first STEM Middle School Career Academy, students are exploring the vast array of possible career choices through the immersion in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) academics. The Robot Camp, running each day this week from 3 PM to 5 PM in collaboration with Teq, is one way for South Huntington’s youngsters to get a sense of possible career choices, many of which are just being developed.

STEM has been called an economic imperative for Long Island. “Long Island has many businesses, as well as educational and scientific institutions, that need a technical workforce, but sufficient numbers of students are not pursuing studies in STEM, and too many young people are leaving Long Island when good jobs are available here,” said Ken White, manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory Office of Educational Programs. 

STEM is growing and, much like today’s technology, growing rapidly. Just talk with any of these sixth-grade students and they will readily share with you why they feel STEM is crucial to their future. Several of the students we spoke with are well ahead of the learning curve, already programming with Python, a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of computer applications. Each of the four groups consisted of students with varying levels of technological savvy, each eager to share and contribute to their group.

On this particular day students were learning how to program their NAO Robots to be able to recognize verbal and visual commands and respond correctly to questions posed by the students. The students listened intently to Teq’s two instructional technologists, David Dickman and Joseph Sanfilippo, then collaborated with their teams and applied what they learned on their computers as they wrote "language" that brought their robots to life. 

Silas Wood teachers Mr. Joseph Poller and Ms. Michelle Koslow are working closely with the Teq team to ensure that our sixth graders are fully engaged every afternoon, and they look forward to the end of the week, when the teams will present their programmed robots.

We will report back with the teams' results and reactions! Stay tuned; this is only the beginning!